This step-by-step tutorial explains how to configure the Mobotix D24M-SEC IP camera. The Mobotix D24M is a professional grade system that requires some effort to read the ~150 page D24M Camera Manual and ~300 page Software Camera Manual and experiment with different camera options. Or you can follow these quick instructions for this camera configuration and be operational within 1 hour.
Also see my Mobotix D24M-SEC camera review for sample images and features.
Baseline Mobotix D24M Camera Configuration
These step-by-step instructions show you how to:
- Assign a static LAN IP address
- Run the Quick Install wizard
- Configure Port Forwarding
- Set default network gateway, DNS and NTP servers
- Upgrade and format the flash memory card
- Configure port forwarding, DDNS and secure internet access (SSL/https)
- Install the ActiveX control for full motion video playback in IE8
- Adjust the Exposure settings
- Enable Continuous Recording with Video Motion triggers for high speed event recording
- Video playback and download
- Setup e-mail actions for alert notifications with an event photo
- Customize the softbuttons
The initial camera configuration is easy to customize once you’ve got the basics.
The easiest way to setup the Mobotix D24M IP camera is to configure it before mounting on the ceiling or the wall where it’s difficult to reach. This is known as “bench configuration” because the camera is sitting on the desk or workbench. The camera saves its configuration in flash memory, so nothing is lost when you power down and mount it its final location.
DHCP IP Address
Begin by connecting the camera to a Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch port on the local network. My network Linksys WRT54G and NetGear FS108P network is illustrated in the diagram above.
Have a pen or small screwdriver ready, plug the Ethernet cable into PoE switch port to apply power, wait for both LEDs to light, then press the R (right) key button within 4 seconds. This causes the camera to request an IP address from the DHCP server – the Linksys WRT54G is the DHCP server on my home network.
Notice I’ve left the lens cap on the camera to keep out dust.
OK – the D24M network camera has pulled a dynamic IP address from the DHCP server. How do you find the camera’s IP address? Easy!
- Login to your Linksys router, typically this is at http://192.168.2.1
- Go to the Status → Local Network Page
- Click the DHCP Clients Table button
Look for the camera host name in the DHCP Clients Table. The cameras host name begins with ‘mx‘ followed by the camera’s factory assigned IP address. My camera was assigned the 192.168.2.104 IP address.
D24M Camera Web Page
Startup your favorite web browser and go to http://<camera ip address> as noted above in the DHCP Clients Table. In my example, it’s http://192.168.2.104
The Authentication Required dialog is displayed. The default user name is admin and password is meinsm.
Quick Installation Wizard
The Quick Installation wizard should open automatically the first time the Admin user logs in. If it doesn’t:
- Click the Admin Menu button on the left sidebar.
- Click Quick Installation in the Network Setup section of the Administrative Overview popup dialog.
The installation wizard begins with the Language selection:
This tutorial is continued in Part 2.
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